Cusola, O.; Valls, C.; Vidal, T.; Tzanov, T.; Roncero, M.B. ACS applied materials and interfaces Vol. 7, num. 25, p. 13834-13841 DOI: 10.1021/acsami.5b01904 Data de publicació: 2015-06-09 Article en revista
In this work, we studied the influence of the alkyl chain length in enzymatically-oxidized gallates on the development of hydrophobicity on paper-based materials, and further correlated the obtained effect to the redox mechanism of the enzymatic treatment. Laccase (Lac) enzyme was used to oxidize various members of the gallate homologous series in the presence or not of lignosulfonates (SL) to produce several functionalization solutions (FS), which were subsequently applied to cellulosic substrates. The hydrophobicity of the substrates was then assessed by means of water drop test (WDT) and contact angle (WCA) measurements. Hydrophobicity peaked reaching WDT and WCA values around 5000 seconds and 130o respectively, and then decreased with increasing length of the hydrocarbon chain of gallate. Cyclic voltrammetry (CV) was used to study the effect of SL on the redox reactions of several gallates. The intensity of the anodic peak in their voltammograms decreased increasing the chain length of the gallate. The electrochemical behaviour of lauryl gallate (LG) differed from that of other gallates. The fact that the voltammetric curves for SL and LG intersected at a potential of 478 mV indicates an enhancing effect of SL on LG oxidation at high potentials (above 478 mV)
Seven natural phenols and two synthetic compounds were evaluated by means of cyclic voltammetry as enhancers for the oxidation of the lignin model compound veratryl alcohol (VAl) and a sulfonated lignin (SL). Their electrochemical behaviors and catalytic efficiencies (CEs) against both substrates were assessed as a function of pH. A general increase in CE of the phenols was for the first time observed in the oxidation of VAl at pH 7 and 8. Methyl syringate (MS), syringic acid (SRC), and syringaldehyde (SRD) exhibited the highest CEs against VAl among the studied phenolic compounds despite the reduced stabilities of their phenoxy radicals. This was a result of favorable stability−reactivity balances, which were apparently influenced by both the chemical structures of the enhancers and the experimental conditions. Violuric acid (VAc) proved the most efficient compound in oxidizing lignin, followed by SRD and MS, which showed regeneration in the interval of pHs studied
Sixteen phenolic compounds, 14 of which naturally occurring, were compared to the synthetic 2,2′-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) diammonium salt (ABTS) and violuric acid (VA) in terms of their ability to act as mediators/enhancers in: (1) laccase oxidation of veratryl alcohol as a lignin model compound, and (2) electrochemical oxidation of kraft and flax lignins. HPLC analysis revealed that the syringyl-type phenols methyl syringate and acetosyringone were the most efficient natural enhancers in the laccase oxidation of veratryl alcohol. Both compounds, though far from the performance of ABTS were able to generate veratraldehyde in amount similar to that obtained with VA. By contrast, the best performing phenolic enhancers for the electrochemical oxidation of lignins were sinapinaldehyde, vanillin, acetovanillone, and syringic acid. Catalytic efficiencies close to those achieved with ABTS and VA were calculated for these phenolic compounds.
The natural phenolic compounds syringaldehyde and vanillin were compared to the synthetic mediators 1-hydroxybenzotriazole, violuric acid and promazine in terms of boosting efficiency in a laccase-assisted biobleaching of eucalyptus kraft pulp. Violuric acid and 1-hydroxybenzotriazole revealed to be the most effective mediators of the bioprocess. Nevertheless, laccase-syringaldehyde system also improved the final pulp properties (28% delignification and 63.5% ISO brightness) compared to the process without mediator (23% and 61.5% respectively), in addition to insignificant denaturation effect over laccase. The efficiency of the biobleaching process was further related to changes in non-conventionally used optical and chromatic parameters of pulp, such as (L*), chroma (C*) and dye removal index (DRI) showing good correlation. Adverse coupling reactions of the natural phenolic mediators on pulp lignin were predicted by electrochemical studies, demonstrating the complexity of the laccase-mediator reaction on pulp.